Music In The 1940s

By: Jake Hayes

Famous Music

Famous music in the 1940s were; blues, country, and jazz. Jazz was the most popular in the United States during this time period. Many musicians reflected on the pain that the United States was going through because of WWII.

Famous Musicians and Their Songs

Famous Musicians during this decade were; Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Coleman Hawkins, Doris Day, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, etc. Many musicians focused on the pain that was going on in the United States because of WWII, in their music.

Gold Records

Gold Records were first given to musicians in 1942, during a radio broadcast Glenn Miller was surprised when they announced that he had won a gold record because of his million selling hit ¨Chattanooga Choo Choo¨.

The Radio

  • The first FM Radio was created in 1941
  • Almost 80% of the households in the United States had radios
  • Before the war only 7% of airtime was devoted to news
  • Then after the war 25% of airtime was devoted to news

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, and a comedian. He was considered one of the most influental mucisicians in the history of jazz. Famous songs by him was; ¨You won´t be satisfied¨, ¨Star Dust¨, and ¨What a Wonderful World¨.


To the left is Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby playing music together.